A new Princeton University Conference
Join Princeton University online for an inaugural innovation and entrepreneurship conference November 4-6.
Engage 2020 is designed to bring together Princeton researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs with those who can accelerate their work and its impact.
In this three-day, immersive event, you'll :
Create your own agenda from more than 50 live sessions of relevance to academia, business and industry, Princeton alumni, entrepreneurs, investors, foundations and the intellectually curious.
Hear from Princeton’s researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs in fields such as energy and sustainability, bioengineering, art and architecture, and social impact.
Discover the possibilities for your company to engage with Princeton.
Learn about Princeton-related innovations and startup companies, New Jersey scientific research facilities, and Princeton Innovation campus partners.
Connect with the regional innovation ecosystem.
There is no fee to attend this multi-day virtual conference.
How It Works
2. Look for an email from Princeton Innovation in late October with instructions to create your personal conference experience. The full schedule of speakers and sessions will be posted on the conference platform.
3. Follow the instructions to set up your Engage 2020 profile and personal agenda in advance of the live online conference, November 4-6.
Engage 2020 will offer attendees a rich virtual experience through a customizable platform. In late October, we will open the conference platform and registrants will receive an invitation with instructions to set up a profile; build an agenda of live sessions; schedule private meetings with attendees; and visit exhibits.
We'll miss hosting you on campus. And the food and drink will be up to you. But virtual technology allows us to offer you a front-row seat to speakers from across the country and around the world. We look forward to your participation at Engage 2020.
On the Agenda
Among the featured speakers
Tackling COVID-19: Princeton Pandemic Research and Solutions
Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti will lead a faculty panel discussing four Princeton-funded research projects focused on Covid-19 and the value of academic research as a driver of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Partnerships Perspective from the National Science Foundation: Invention to Impact
Learn directly from Andrea Belz, Division Director of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) at the National Science Foundation, how angel investors and their portfolios can benefit from and support more opportunities for all. The IIP manages America’s Seed Fund powered by the NSF, the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™), Partnerships for Innovation and Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC).
Educator-Entrepreneur: A Personal Journey
Hear Princeton's Andrea Goldsmith, new dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, talk about her personal experience as both a faculty member and technology entrepreneur and share her perspectives on innovation, entrepreneurship and leading Princeton's engineering school.
Partisan Politics: The Princeton Gerrymandering Project
Less than 48 hours after Election Day, Professor of Neuroscience Sam Wang and a student team will discuss their collaboration with Representable.org, a grassroots initiative that supports state- and federal-level reform efforts to eliminate partisan gerrymandering; and how their work provides tools to let citizens weigh in and become full partners in the process.
Moving Forward: Innovating Urban Mobility
In one of three sessions on threats to the world's urban centers, Marshall Brown, Director, Center of Architecture, Urbanism and Infrastructure and Associate Professor of Architecture. will join a panel of university, government and industry leaders on innovation in personal mobility in urban environments. They'll be looking at Newark, NJ as an example, with a focus on land use and community access.
Partnering for Patients: An Industry & Academia Collaboration Case Study
Learn how to create a successful collaboration, from two very different laboratories pursuing the same critical goal: developing treatments for severe unmet medical needs through science. Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Biology, will talk in-depth about her lab's partnership with HotSpot Therapeutics and their joint pursuit of potential antimicrobial therapeutics targeting bacterial cell-cell communication.
Accelerating Interdisciplinary Research: The Princeton Catalysis Initiative
Discover the power of industry partnerships in bringing academic research to life in this talk with David MacMillan, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and leader of the Princeton Catalysis Initiative (PCI). An academic incubator, PCI builds dynamic connections well beyond the traditional realm of chemistry to accelerate interdisciplinary research, on and off campus.
Diversity in Innovation: Perspectives from Africa
As universities grapple with inequity and the lack of underrepresented researchers in STEM fields, they rarely look beyond the United States. Leonard Wantchekon, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and founder of the African School of Economics in Benin, will discuss with colleagues the rich innovation in Africa and by Africans in the U.S., in fields such as applied mathematics, statistics, biomedicine and economics.
Featured program tracks
For the entrepreneurially-minded
A robust slate of webinars, skill-building workshops and Princeton-related startup showcases will offer entrepreneurs and those who work with them an abundance of thought-provoking opportunities.
For faculty, researchers, companies, government, foundations and external partners
Get practical ideas from case studies and in-depth discussions of how Princeton researchers are working with external partners to advance research and have impact beyond campus in science, technology, social science, humanities and social action.
Celebrate Princeton Innovation
This year, our annual event goes virtual, becomes part of Engage 2020, and features deep dives on seven faculty innovations and a Princeton-related company.
New Jersey Core Facilities Showcase
Now in its second year, the Showcase sessions and virtual exhibit booths will highlight research services and equipment offered by academic institutions from around the Garden State.
Data Science in Oncology and Immunology
In this in-depth workshop, industry partners and academic researchers will explore areas of mutual interest and identify potential collaboration in the areas of biomedical data science, computational oncology and computational immunology.
Among the sessions you'll want to dive into
Emerging Investment Trends and Opportunities
Digitally-Enabled Research and Innovation: Collaboration with Microsoft
Elizabeth Bruce, Microsoft; Professors Jen Rexford, Jake Shapiro, Ned Wingreen, Princeton University; Richard Hay, Jr., Princeton Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations
Fundraising for Early Stage Startups
Jim Cohen ’86 and Mark Poag ’93, Fitz Gate Ventures
Funding My Clean Energy Startup
Andrew Hsieh *14, Feasible; Steph Speirs *14, Solstice; Angelo Campus '16, BoxPower; Elizabeth Washburn Surti '08 (moderator), Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Succeeding at Securing Non-dilutive SBIR/STTR Funding for University Spinoffs and Advanced Technology Startups
Kirk Macolini, InteliSpark
The Path from Innovation to Entrepreneurship
In collaboration with the Keller Center
Arts, Media & Social Justice
Indrani Pai-Chaudhuri '01
In collaboration with the Lewis Center for the Arts
Smart Cities: Water System Resilience
Environmental Resiliency: Sea Water Rise
In collaboration with the Princeton Environmental Institute
Message from the Vice Dean for Innovation
Thank you for your interest in Engage 2020. As Princeton’s Vice Dean for Innovation, and with wonderful colleagues across campus, I’m dedicated to helping advance the University’s mission of research and teaching through innovation.
As educators and innovators, we understand the value of partnerships and a strong network of resources. We welcome collaboration with partners in industry, education and the government. We also facilitate valuable connections that enable innovators to help transform ideas and discoveries into real-world applications.
I’m continually inspired by the innovation and entrepreneurship culture in our University community, and I invite and encourage you to experience it firsthand at Engage 2020. Our hope is that Engage 2020 will spark your creativity, generate productive connections, and advance your journey of innovation. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in November.